31 Jan Strawberry Oat Date Smoothie, Couscous Salad with Red Peppers & Avocado Dressing, Sesame Soy Honey Chicken

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I hope everyone had a great weekend.

I’m so glad my website is back up!  I finally switched my website from Squarespace to WordPress and let me tell you…….ugggghhh.

Oh my goodness.  This was a learning experience.  Boy oh boy,  I don’t ever plan to switch my website platform ever again.  It took me over a week to do what I naively thought would take a couple of days.  But I’m soooo happy with the new look of the site.  I think it is much easier for my readers to look through my posts.   What do you think?

I made a TON of this Couscous Salad with Red Peppers and Avocado Dressing this past week.  The recipe is so easy to make and keep refrigerated for a few days.  It was very convenient for me since I spent all day every day working on my website and didn’t feel like making a different lunch everyday.  Crisp bell peppers, fresh spinach, and a creamy avocado dressing with lemon, cumin, and cilantro.  Yum!!

This Sesame Soy Honey Chicken is slooooow cooked and tender.  In the recipe I cook it at 300F for about an hour and 45 minutes.   If you don’t want to wait that long you can cook it  at 350F for about 45 minutes to an hour, until fully cooked.

One KEY step to making this chicken super tasty is using your knife to poke holes in chicken before marinating. This allows the marinade to penetrate deeper into the chicken.  I started doing this after watching an episode of Good Eats.  Alton Brown marinated chicken over night and the next day he cut the chicken and showed us that the marinade BARELY penetrated the chicken.  This means the flavor would not get to the bone, although a lot of people think marinades get flavor to the bone of the chicken.

I really hope you take the time to slow cook the chicken at 300F and don’t forget to poke holes in the chicken!  It will be juicy, tender, savory with a hint of sweetness from the honey….just perfect!







4.8 from 8 reviews
Strawberry Oat Date Smoothie
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1 - 2
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • ½ cup rolled oats, not the instant kind
  • 4 dates, pitted
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  1. Blend everything together until smooth. Add water to adjust the sweetness and consistency, if desired.

4.8 from 8 reviews
Couscous Salad with Red Peppers & Avocado Dressing
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Recipe type: Lunch
Serves: 2 - 3
  • 3 cups cooked couscous
  • 1 ½ red bell peppers
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt taste
  • 2 tablespoons water, filtered if possible
  1. Place the couscous, bell peppers, and spinach in a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In the blender, mix the avocado, lemon juice, cilantro, garlic, lemon pepper, smoked paprika, salt, and water until smooth.
  3. Pour this avocado dressing over the couscous mixture in the bowl. Adjust seasoning with salt if needed.

4.8 from 8 reviews
Sesame Soy Honey Chicken
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 2 - 3
  • 5 chicken legs
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated or minced
  • 1 tablespoon + ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • white sesame seeds (optional)
  1. Using a very sharp knife, poke several holes all over the chicken pieces. I like to do this to help the marinade get deeper into the chicken. Place the chicken legs in a large storage bag and set aside.
  2. In a bowl, mix the soy sauce, honey, vinegar, sesame oil, grated ginger, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Reserve about ¼ cup of this marinade and pour the rest in the bag with the chicken. Close the bag and mix the chicken around so that it is completely covered in the marinade. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or overnight.
  3. Preheat the oven to 300 F. Mix ½ teaspoon garlic powder, ginger powder, allspice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Using tongs, remove the chicken from the bag and place them on a baking sheet. Discard the bag and the marinade inside the bag. Sprinkle the chicken with the seasoning mix you just made. Drizzle it with a little bit of sesame oil.
  4. Bake the chicken for 1 ½ hours – 2 hours, or until fully cooked. My chicken took 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  5. If you'd like, you can drizzle the chicken with a little of the extra marinade that was reserved. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, if using.
  6. Suggested Sides: Steamed Broccoli, Rice
I always like to slow cook chicken at 300 F. If you are pressed for time, crank the heat up to 350 F and you should only have to cook it for 45 minutes to an hour, depending on your oven.


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  • Tracy @ Served from Scratch
    Posted at 05:37h, 02 February Reply

    Whoa! 3 amazing recipes!! They all look so delicious!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 05:54h, 02 February Reply

      Thank you! I hope you give them a try 🙂

  • Brian Jones
    Posted at 07:54h, 02 February Reply

    The stand out recipe here for me is that chicken, it sounds to die for… I may skip the healthy stuff and have it with a beer though 😀

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 08:26h, 02 February Reply

      Haha!! A beer will definitely go well with this chicken recipe 🙂

  • shelby
    Posted at 09:30h, 02 February Reply

    I had my son do the work to move me over from blogger to WordPress last summer and I have never been happier! Fortunately, he works with computers for a living and it wasn’t too difficult for him. I can’t imagine doing it myself!

    Everything looks great but I’m super interested in the smoothie…I’m going to have to give it a try soon. I like to drink them for breakfast or sometimes its my dinner!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 09:41h, 02 February Reply

      I’m so glad you had your son to help you out!! Your website looks great…I just checked it out. WordPress is awesome. Yes, this smoothie tastes great! I do hope you give it a try 🙂

  • Charla @ That Girl Cooks Healthy
    Posted at 09:57h, 02 February Reply

    The avocado dressing sounds like something I would definitely drizzle over a good salad and the chicken definitely has a hint of Caribbean flavour to it which has intrigued me further.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:20h, 02 February Reply

      I’m glad I’ve intrigued you!! The avocado dressing really is good on any type of salad and it’s so easy to make. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry
    Posted at 10:23h, 02 February Reply

    I am completely in foodie love with the idea of an avocado dressing. yes please.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:20h, 02 February Reply

      Haha!! Thank you. I hope you give it a try 🙂

  • Marie-Theres Werner
    Posted at 21:21h, 02 February Reply

    Wow, this looks really, really good! I’m definitely going to try this 🙂

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:23h, 02 February Reply

      Thank you very much! Let me know how it turns out 🙂

  • Heather Johnson
    Posted at 21:28h, 02 February Reply

    All these recipes sound absolutely delicious. The smoothie sounds especially yummy!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:53h, 02 February Reply

      Thank you! Yes, the smoothie really tastes great and can help with blood pressure because of the oatmeal. I hope you give it a try 🙂

  • Sofia
    Posted at 21:54h, 02 February Reply

    Great tips! Love your photos 🙂

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 22:13h, 02 February Reply

      Thank you! I’m definitely trying to improve on my photography skill so I really appreciate the comment 🙂

  • LaKisha Riddick
    Posted at 22:16h, 02 February Reply

    These are great recipes. I love the chicken recipe. Yummy and easy to make!!! Thanks for the tip about making the marinade permeate the meat! I’ll pin these recipes.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 03:19h, 03 February Reply

      No prob! I was so happy when I learned that trick. It really makes a difference in you chicken. I appreciate you pinning the recipes!!!! Thank you so much 🙂

  • Amanda
    Posted at 23:04h, 02 February Reply

    Can’t wait to try that avocado dressing!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 03:19h, 03 February Reply

      Please do! It’s great. Thanks for stopping by

  • karyl henry
    Posted at 00:51h, 03 February Reply

    That chicken looks fantastic! Definitely going to be giving it a try

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 03:20h, 03 February Reply

      Thank you! Yes, this chicken recipe is definitely a winner. My husband INHALED it 🙂

  • Lindsey @ Butter & Type
    Posted at 02:23h, 03 February Reply

    Whoa, everything looks amazing! But that avocoado dressing is calling my name. Thanks for sharing!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 03:20h, 03 February Reply

      No prob! The avocado dressing is great. You can put it on any type of salad. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  • Taylor
    Posted at 03:52h, 03 February Reply

    My mom makes a chicken recipe similar to yours….looks so delicious!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 03:57h, 03 February Reply

      Well I would never want to compete with anyone’s mom (we all know mom’s and gramdmom’s are the best cooks in the WORLD!!), but I do hope you give this recipe a try. It’s very tasty. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

  • Anshula
    Posted at 03:53h, 03 February Reply

    This looks so good! I want to reach out across the inter web and eat it!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 03:59h, 03 February Reply

      Haha!! I’m sure in a few years there will be a way for us to do that….we should at least have scratch-and-sniff computer screens by 2020! lol. Thank you, I really appreciate the comment.

  • Melissa
    Posted at 05:23h, 03 February Reply

    Ok, I want to make all these! Gonna share on Pinterest so I can go back a make these.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 07:53h, 03 February Reply

      I really appreciate you sharing the recipes and I’m so glad you want to make them. Let me know when you do!

  • ReviewsSheROTE
    Posted at 13:24h, 03 February Reply

    One of my New Year Resolutions was every month try something NEW TO ME…Feb is the month of smoothies–well every morning and every other day for lunch yours will have to be added to the list =D

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 17:59h, 03 February Reply

      That’s a great resolution! Smoothies really are an awesome addition to our daily meals because they have soooo many benefits! Thank you.

  • Cookilicious
    Posted at 15:31h, 03 February Reply

    all your recipes look great ..nice pics as well..

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:00h, 03 February Reply

      Thank you so much! I appreciate you stopping by 🙂

  • Lori Hil
    Posted at 16:06h, 03 February Reply

    Whoo hoo! I’m always up for new smoothie recipes!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:02h, 03 February Reply

      Haha! Well you came to the right place! Smoothies are a fave of mine too. Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

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